Dear Flip the West
Commit to Flip Blue, and since November Flip the West, have been my home-bases for volunteering, including doing and then training others for phonebanks in English and Spanish, writing postcards in English and Spanish and Instagram DMing. My own state is New Jersey, so I chose to "adopt" Arizona, Pennsylvania and of course Georgia for this work. I want to give a shoutout to your colleague Jackie Moreau and FTW team members Adam, Danny, Paden, Rachel. They were all absolutely wonderful and lovely to work with.
So what are my takeaways from these 6 months with y'all and 4 years with campaigns and voter protection groups in Jersey and beyond? I made many new friends through the group, which is especially welcome with social distancing making all of that so hard. I learned how voter protection works step by step. And I found a positive place to use my skills and direct my frustration and anger about our current political system.
FTW feels like family to me. During the general election I phoned with a couple of other organizations, but FTW felt more personal than the others and always felt like “home,” where I belong. Big thanks to you and the other FTW leaders for building such a caring community.
Congratulations on the big win in Georgia! Thank you for all that you’ve done for FTW. I just wanted to give a few specific shout-outs to the talented young staffers who made my time as a volunteer so special.
Thanks for bringing together these three exceptional young people and others whom I did not get a chance to know. Volunteering as a trainer with FTW has been a more rewarding experience than I could ever have imagined. I hope you’re celebrating!
I would like to recognize and celebrate the young, brilliant FTW staffers who worked on behind-the-scenes magic while also creating a community that volunteers wanted to come back to time after time, day after day. After working with a number of different organizations early on ahead of the General, I chose to commit to yours and dove right in to participate daily in all of your programs: postcarding, phonebanking, textbanking, and, eventually, Instagram DM'ing.
I'm so excited to have been part of Flip the West's successful effort in Georgia! Congratulations and thank you for everything you and your team did to help this astounding flip happen. Of the 15 groups I volunteered with in the general and Georgia elections, FTW was the most organized, intelligent, friendly, effective, responsive and engaged. I ended up focusing most of my election efforts with you, spending more than 200 volunteer hours as a phone bank trainer and caller (with some texting and postcards as well).
Thanks again for the cohesive, effective community you created.
For our democracy,